Police today fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse students of the Inter University Students Federation at Fort, Colombo who were engaged in a protest march.
The students began a protest march opposite the Faculty of Arts of the University of Colombo.
Heavy traffic congestion was reported in the area as the protesters marched towards the Colombo Fort Railway Station.
The protest was being held under the theme ‘ගෝඨා – රනිල් කුමන්ත්රණ ආණ්ඩුව පන්නමු! ක්රමය පෙරළමු!’.
Court earlier today issued an order preventing the IUSF from entering York Street, Chatham Street, and Janadhipathi Mawatha and against damaging public property.
Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage issued the directive after taking into consideration facts tabled by the Police pertaining to a protest march organised by the IUSF this evening.
Police highlighted that the IUSF protesters could damage public property during the protest march.